tv News Weekly RT July 21, 2013 8:00pm-8:30pm EDT
thank you very much. mass protests erupt in more than one hundred cities across america after the killer of an unarmed black teenager walks free from court on grounds of self defense. convicted and a bailed of a prominent russian opposition activist. is sentenced to five years in jail for embezzlement but is freed a pending appeal. and one hand washing the other source says israel used a turkish military base to carry out an air strike on syria allegations that have been denied by an encore. plus reports emerge that germany's intelligence service is eagerly helped the n.s.a. and its surveillance that's despite berlin's much touted outrage over america's
spying program. broadcasting live from our studios in moscow recapping the week's top stories this is r.t. with a weekly glad to have you with us now thousands have been gathering all week in cities across america to protest against the acquittal of george zimmerman this after a jury found him not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager trayvon martin the ruling set off a nationwide debate on racial hatred from washington going to church you can has the story for us. dozens of cities in the u.s. throughout the week following the verdict in the george zimmerman case people took to the streets demonstrating at courthouses and police stations throughout the country demanding justice for trayvon martin the seventeen year old black man who was struck dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer dozens of people were arrested most of the arrests
were made on charges of a lawful the families some places like examiner and you know protests turned violent demonstrators the rocks a passing car many many americans were following the zimmerman trial it's obvious that racial disparities in the application of criminal laws in america remain all these people think had trayvon martin being white he would have been alive trayvon martin could have been me. thirty five years ago there are very few african-american men in this country who have near the experience of being followed when they were shopping in department store. that includes me. there are very few african-american men who have experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. that happens to me at least before of the son of the fact of the matter is that under florida's stand your ground law the defense
doesn't even have to prove that their client is an angel you cannot prove reasonable doubt that the defendant after taking self-defense and they are free to go so in this case you have a clash of. civil rights vigilantes guns in self-defense law these people see a clash between the law and just states a very recent example also in the state of florida a black woman a mother of the week was sentenced to twenty years in jail because she fired a bullet at a wall to scare off her abusive husband nobody was injured and the woman is in jail for twenty years while george zimmerman walks free but you see the faces of the people outraged. now the protests against of the court's ruling out of been gaining steam and attracting high profile names to the cause and has brought additional spotlight on momentum to the rallies like this one in new york now the u.s. attorney general is urging review of state self-defense laws while the justice department has really launched a probe into the murder to see if
a racial profiling played a role in the crime or he spoke to martin luther king jr daughter bernice who told us the case illustrates lingering that racial discrimination in the united states. the fact that had this been a white american a white young man i doubt very seriously george zimmerman would have reacted so so swiftly in this situation i think he probably would have thought about it twice a lot of things have changed in america so we can't say nothing has changed i just think we're still contending with just laws and more importantly laws that disproportionately affect african-americans and african-american males. more than any other. group of people in america and so you know these kind of issues were very prevalent in my father's time oftentimes you would have all white juries in most times when there's a black victim in this case and what i mean by victim is the one who did. nine
times out of ten back in the sixty's or should i say ten times out of ten. that person would have walked just as george zimmerman zimmerman walked in this particular situation well there's plenty more on our t. dot com regarding the justice for trayvon campaign we've got some of the best pictures of the nationwide at rallies video footage and social media reaction lined up for you there all that just a click away on our web site. now russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition activist alexy was sentenced on thursday for five years in prison for stealing a half a million dollars but a day later he was freed on bail much to the delight of his supporters after prosecutors insisted on his release before his appeal is heard it has been following the care. reform on the use of words or five and four years in prison alexina vining to that if it's a risk for setting up
a dummy corporation and defrauding a state owned timber company to the tune of half a million dollars the judge insisted the verdict was not politically motivated but for a media the blogger supporters and opposition activists declared otherwise critical and a convict at the conviction means that he won't be able to stand for mayor of moscow he says the embezzlement charges brought against him politically motivated an outspoken critic of the russian president vladimir putin has been sentenced to five years in prison one gets the feeling that people have already made up their minds before the case even started before the trial even started and they're not actually looking at the facts of the case or the way the trial was actually conducted but all simply following their own opinions which they formed in advance what kind of comments is that someone like mr valma should not be prosecuted on this going to charge because he is a famous opposition personality now that seems to me to put things
completely the wrong way round thousands of people in moscow's many years in the square a stone's throw from the kremlin indignant at the verdict there an immense police presence and if east of panic on social media for a while it looked like the situation could escalate. but there was a curveball from the prosecutor's office a request a friend of i me enough to serve until their verdict comes into effect in the immediate arrest and preliminary detention to stick to measure as you put in spokesman. so there was nothing unusual about the trial or the prosecutor's appeal stressing that the president can not and does not influence the court decisions and that those convicted should carry out their punishment as prescribed by the judge and his blog that he was ready for a long term preliminary confines and ordering books from the library and battling mosquitoes and himself but they spent less than twenty four hours in detention before being released from this courthouse straight into the arms of his supporters eager for his campaign to continue so who is the self-appointed opposition
figurehead who's running for mayor of moscow a lawyer by profession now where he spent the better part of the last few years flirting with nationalistic movements as well as leading a popular blog exposing the hope still corruption and trying to make a forum into politics his trial the verdict and the surrounding media frenzy may have been closer to that goal he can according to your earlier report run from moscow city mayor he can give us many interviews as he likes it's an absolute public city godsend for him it doesn't remove him from politics at all it's the absolute ideal solution for him in a sense it's been referred to abroad as russia's mandela moment perhaps too bold a claim the b.b.c. has the state run british broadcasting corporation calls it russia's mandela and they've been running stories all day just previously you know bill keller the executive editor of the new york times used to lord this man you know novell me you
already outlined his nationalist views here in this country we have laws against incitement you have the semitism incitement to near not ism which of course this man has flirted with repeatedly although he may not be major household name in russia yet. he seems to have some serious support abroad he is paid by or has been paid by the united states of america when he set up a democratic alternative party a year or two ago it received money from the ne d. the n.e.t.'s the national endowment for democracy funded by the us. ingress that was the main organization funding the orange revolution in ukraine back in two thousand and four the valleys party received money then the american state as wiki leaks showed it not so long ago it even goes quite cute of central russian and still to come this hour in germany reports emerge accusing the country's intelligence of working hand in hand with american surveillance programs they're.
legit the n.s.a. provided its sister service in berlin with software to aid in the collection of private data of ordinary germans and have more on that later on in the program. israel has reportedly used a turkish military base for a recent attack on syria that's according to an r.t. source who provided the information earlier in the week strongly denies the allegations and condemning even the mention of it by the media the alleged air strike on syrian city of latakia took place in early july and is believed to have targeted a russian made a battery of anti-ship missiles our middle east correspondent paula slayer has been following developments. there was a lot of talk and uncertainty in the region this week after our sources revealed that we have information that is will launch a strike on syria from turkey now the reports are been ekta to a strike back in early july on the syrian city of latakia if accurate this would be
the fourth time in recent months that tel aviv has launched an attack against syria the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has neither denied nor confirmed these allegations he simply says that israel's policy is not to allow the transfer of dangerous weapons to hizbollah and other so-called terrorist organizations and that this is a policy that the country will not deviate from that and now who also saying that every time something happens in the middle east israel is to blame the turks for their side have denied the allegations the turkish foreign minister saying that turkey will never be a part of nor a partner to such attacks he also said that the allegations were aimed at destroying turkey's power and reputation what is interesting is that relations between turkey and israel are at an all time low they deteriorated after the fratello attempt back in may two thousand and ten in which nine turkish activists were killed and there was an attempt to bring humanitarian aid to the people of
gaza back in march the israeli prime minister apologized to the turks for that incident and what is happening now is that real questions are being asked about the sincerity of that apology there are also questions being asked as to why would turkey ally itself with its arch enemy in the region is role to launch an attack against another muslim country now it's no secret that turkey has spoken out against the regime of bashar assad in syria but this certainly is not a sufficient enough onset as to why turkey would work with israel to launch an attack against syria policy r.t. on the israeli syrian border. well let's go ahead and track the previous israeli air raids on syrian territory which have not been confirmed by officials in israel a military compound just outside damascus was bombarded twice in january and may then rockets also struck a warehouse at the capital's international airport allegedly containing surface to
surface missiles on all occasions that the attacks were explained as operations to wipe out iranian missiles thought to be bound for hezbollah in lebanon historian and middle east expert mark allman to believe that israel's motives go beyond preventing weapons from reaching the group israel has an interest in preventing hezbollah getting the weapons but the broader context is not just syria but also we are wrong and i think that's what tookie is cotton or could place because turkey is a historical military ally of israel with a lot of cooperation between the turkish military in the israelis but it also is a country and it's also borders iran and it could be a conduit for a potential strike into iran through its own aspace that would make it much more difficult for the iranians to detect something coming from israel as say the israelis worry that missiles sent from iran to hezbollah vost syria could be used as a revenge attack if they were to move the much discussed preemptive strikes try and knock out iranian nuclear facilities with the by themselves or with the help of the
americans israel may find it quite useful for turkey to be thought to be an active ally in its operations against syria and potentially against iran so that even if the israelis have plans perhaps to strike a diversion from a completely different direction the risk is that the turks a territory will be held responsible and turkey could be drawn into a conflict and this is something that deeply destabilizing inside turkey. meanwhile britain's prime minister david cameron appears to be softening his rhetoric on the syrian conflict in a b.b.c. interview he said he still fully supports the opposition but it needed that there is too much extremism among the rebels take a look at signals at quite a change from november two thousand and eleven about half a year after the syrian conflict erupted back then mr cameron called on the international community to engage more closely with the syrian rebels he upped his appeals more and more for aid the following year saying that the syrian regime must
be put under pressure fast forward to a year and the rhetoric slightly changes he was still vehemently anti assad but not so sure anymore that arms shipments were the only way forward this brings us up to the present with the syrian government advancing on the rebel militias the official position of failing to unite and mr cameron describing the situation as a stalemate political analyst or de popular party explained earlier what could have been behind the u.k. leader's shifting position to tradition is complicated at home he will have difficulty getting. approval because there is a lot of. after iraq coalition partners the liberal democrats are remarks or do we hone in their economic opinion is not. wrong on you just being realized in the west but. how much there are sure instance from western governments that.
only the good guys will get in terms of supplies but that's not the case on the ground and saudi arabia is where you what is it about the rise of fundamentalism in syria because jordan and some of the quite close a minute the united states britain indelicately he are helping the syrian rebels that has not stopped. we are heading into a quick break now but still to come on our team more bad news for greek workers athens bends over backwards to please its international lenders at the cost of tens of thousands of public sector jobs we have the full story in just a couple minutes. some
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and welcome back you're watching our team germany's foremost news magazine claims the country's security services have been working hand in hand with the n.s.a. to spy on ordinary citizens go alleges software provided by the n.s.a. was used both domestic and foreign intelligence. so you can see the latest revelations run contrary to angela merkel's outrage over the revelations she has denied any previous knowledge of the u.s. spying edward snowden revealed weeks ago that washington's keeping europe and especially germany under a close watch but news that german intelligence is a willing participant is bound to send shock waves through the country says an english on a whistleblower and former m i five agent we have
a situation in germany where because of their historic experience its critics in world war two in the style of the in east germany they put in place a very strong castalia constitution to protect people from invasion that they're pretty convinced spied on and this is what the germans have for decades taken for granted they have certain legal protections and we've seen this time and again when other european like lots of try to impose on germany where you know things like facial recognition data over google face that facebook has been banned in germany and yet the b.m.d. and the intelligence agency in germany have been doing this sort of spine so i think the hypocrisy is is quite astounding and it's a great deal of anger and questions right to how much the german government you know that what was going on meanwhile the whistleblower responsible for exposing german cooperation with the n.s.a. is still stranded at a moscow airport awaiting russia's decision on his application for temporary asylum
edward snowden is currently on the run from u.s. authorities for lifting the lid on their global spying program however he needs travel documents to move on after the state department canceled his passport wasco says snowden will have to stop any further leaks if he wants to remain on russian territory jim from open rights group hopes the whistleblower will find a way to continue with his revelations. i hope it doesn't mean that he has to not talk about what the united states have been up to in broad policy terms i mean he's been very careful not to threaten individual peroration is not to expose particular agents or to make claims which would result in people safety being compromised rather he's been talking about the broad programs that the united states and u.k. have been dealing with he says he's got a lot of material and i certainly hope he has more to tell us it does seem that way
aides completely change the debate right now and it's very important not to bait keeps happening i think a lot of things are happening in the wake of that there were at least two legal actions being launched in the u.k. on the part of what he's revealed i expect will be more in the usa the tech companies are challenging on the basis of their own free speech and also to clear the names of i will speak going on so there is a lot to happen whether or not he's got more material to give but i really would like to see whether he has got more to say and i hope he does. and you can always head online for more stories and of the latest updates here's a taste of what we have lined up for you right now things got a little shaky in new zealand as a six point five magnitude earthquake rattled quite a few residents in a remote archipelago but fortunately no one was seriously hurt you can find the full video on our youtube channel plus.
australia's great barrier grief after american warplanes mistakenly dropped in on armed on the world heritage site you can go to our web site or to dot com to find out how the pilots got it so wrong. greek workers were dealt another blow on wednesday with the government approving more massive public sector cuts in order to keep the economy afloat on bailout cash injections athens. laid off twenty five thousand civil servants the measures were pushed through despite a general strike in huge rallies which brought services to a halt there now under a bill passed by parliament at least four thousand state employees will lose their jobs by the end of this year up to one thousand workers are being fired in greece every single day according to surveys by the helena statistical authority since two thousand and nine unemployment has skyrocketed from a little over nine percent to almost twenty seven percent and greece's economic
output has plunged by almost one hundred billion euros archies you've got a piece going off as a story for us to talk to the by law since the nineteenth century public workers are still considered to be the foundation of the greek economy but its creditors have demanded that the government cuts up to twenty five thousand public jobs before the end of this year otherwise greece is not going to get its latest financial aid package worth over six billion euros so doctors teachers security guards and what is the focal least public transport drivers and others have all got on strike and gathered at the country's problem and in athens to fight for their jobs it does the beginning they have in mind to destroy their public service in greece we need teachers we need people in the health sector to sector we need people for the. beach front of anything past six years but weak economy has been in recession unemployment is at twenty seven percent but there are many of those who do work officially but haven't seen their salaries in months to handle
three graduates are able to find a job there is a write off drug addict and the firm was including those with a fired patient and decades worth of work experience but the general feeling on the street is not only the government which is to blame for the situation we have people in the private sector people and. in the public sector for the for the first time that we need it using. greece but in the european union a new policy in a matter what happens next labor unions like you organization say not going to back down until the troika and brussels especially realize it's not only about adding or subtracting numbers but about the real lives for real people you've got pissed off our state. greece two british tourists on a fishing holiday and their interpreter have been killed in a helicopter accident in northern russia the three died just after getting off the
french made chopper when it suddenly overturned on takeoff while the pilot survived authorities are investigating but suspect that either pilot error or strong winds on the landing zone could be to blame the tour company that organized the trip frequently flies people into the area on luxury fishing tours. now take a look at some other headlines making news around the world for you this hour baghdad has seen another round of bombings leaving over seventy people dead and a nearly two hundred injured over the weekend the latest attacks struck the iraqi capital early on sunday following a string of sunset blasts targeting mainly shia areas as locals emerged after the days that ramadan fast nationwide attacks have claimed over five hundred lives this month alone as the country struggles to contain the worst outbreak of sectarian violence in six years. at least seven people have been hurt after a huge oil pipeline exploded near mexico city and those injured were mostly police
and fire fighters responding to the resulting fire the blast is believed to have been triggered by an illegal attempt to tap the pipe line for fuel. nineteen soldiers have been killed in gun battles with far rebels in colombia the defense ministry says twelve militants were captured during two separate attacks on army units this comes despite both the government and the rebels engaging in peace talks in cuba for the past seven months clarke has been fighting the government for almost half a century. just after the break a chilling report on the concerns about genetically modified food stay with us watch marty.
i talk with you all many times about the absurd things going on all around us like kids being thrown out of school because they had a gun that shoots bubbles or various people getting punished for their tweets and facebook posts it's all really abstract it's hard to truly get angry over until you see the. or playing a stupid video game just carter sarcastically said to someone who called him crazy oh yeah i'm real messed up in the head i'm going to go shoot a bunch of kids at school l.o.l. j k. and for this bit of sarcasm he spent quite some time awaiting trial in a texas prison not only that according to his father he was being attacked brutally on many occasions leading to both for concussions and black eyes and in the end he had to be thrown into solitary confinement for his own good you see this is the ugly reality of those who fought the bad side of political correctness you know i don't talk about these stories just for fun the main thing i'd like to say is that it wasn't for some anonymous coward in canada turning him into the authorities for
doing absolutely nothing this young man would not have to live with the memory and possible injuries from numerous assaults to the anonymous canadian who turned him in i sarcastically wish you a horrible fate but you probably get me arrested for it so just say that it's people like you who allow tyranny to exist but that's just my opinion. to the crops to drink. eighty five percent of all the jim crow ups. don't die from. so brady soil. is designed to die from road genetic engineering is on the coat tail of conventional industrial agriculture that is characterized by the proliferation of chemicals fertilizers pesticides herbicides fungicides all of
these chemicals. costs on in on energy production they have cost in environmental cleanup this is self-propagating genetic pollution we have no technology today to fully clean up the damaged gene pool maybe we will in the future but we're not feeding the products of good food science to the entire market wasted and release even to the environment where they can never be recall. any scientists who tells you they know that g m o's are safe and not to worry about it is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying nobody knows what the long term effects will be geneticists dr david suzuki genetically engineered foods go through a rigorous review before they are approved the review includes analysis of the trams sharing plant versus its parent.